Lonzo Ball injury update: Lakers guard could miss rest of season

Lonzo Ball might not play again this season.

Lakers coach Luke Walton indicated Friday that Ball could sit out the rest of the season because he’s “not close” to returning to practice, according to a report from The Athletic. The report states Ball’s recovery could be shifted to focus on allowing him to get healthy so that he can participate in a full offseason. 

Ball has not played since suffering an ankle injury in a loss to the Rockets January 19. He had been averaging 9.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 2018-19 before the injury.

Los Angeles has 17 regular season games remaining as it sits 6 1/2 games behind the Clippers for the final playoff slot in the Western Conference.

The Lakers have suffered multiple injuries to key players this season, and are in jeopardy of missing the playoffs.

Los Angeles has lost four straight and will face Boston on Saturday.